Foxconn Workers Not Happy With Drops In Overtime Hours

Posted Mar 30, 2012

Amidst media pressure, Foxconn has dropped overtime hours for 1.2 million mainland Chinese workers while promising them compensation that would protect them against losing income. This plan was backed by Apple, which has been highly criticized for the treatment of workers at Foxconn. Foxconn is the manufacturing company Apple uses for the manufacturing of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and laptops.

However employees are not convinced that their pay would not be cut along with their hours. Many of the workers make a lot of their income from overtime hours. Making the same pay for less work almost sounds impossible to the employees given how hard they have been working in the past. Foxconn is dropping their working hours to 49 per week including overtime.

“We have just been told that we can only work a maximum of 36 hours a month of overtime. I tell you, a lot of us are unhappy with this. We think that 60 hours of overtime a month would be reasonable and that 36 hours would be too little,” she added. Chen said she now earned a bit over 4,000 yuan a month ($634),” stated Foxconn employee Chen Yamei.